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Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

Boston, MA
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Ranked #61 of 207 attractions in Boston
Type: Bridges
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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
51 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Boston is one of the oldest cities in US, but that doesn't mean that stopped in time. Quite the contrary. This bridge is just one example for it! Very modern architecutre. If you decide to follow the Freedom Trail, you'll definetely see it!

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Portland, Maine
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355 reviews 355 reviews
238 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

The beautiful cable-stayed highway bridge carries ten lanes of I-93 and is 1,432 feet (436.5 m) long. Its main span is 745 feet (227.1 m) long and 183 feet (55.8 m) wide. Its back spans are 267 feet (81.4 m) on its southern end (downtown) and 420 feet (128 m) on its northern end (Charlestown). Its elegant and asymmetrical design... More

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Boston
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I may be a little non-objective: first - because I live in Boston area and see that bridge regularly, second - because I know of how that bridge was designed and build from inside out. It was an enormous technical and architectural task to put a relatively short and wide bridge, and it is ended up so good. Must see.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We first saw the bridge in the intro to Rizzoli and Isles, then while we were in Boston walking the freedom trail we saw it again from near the Copp's Hill burying ground. It would have been easier to find the approach to the bridge if we had known its name. The important information to find the bridge is that... More

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San Diego, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Everyone just calls this the Zakim Bridge--or if you're cool and lazy, the "Z" bridge. They couldn't agree on what to name it, so they added the Bunker Hill part afterwards. It just makes it confusing, but name aside, it really is a pretty bridge, and compared to the ugly thing that was there before it, it's extra lovely and... More

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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116 reviews 116 reviews
31 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

What a great spot for night photography! When the bridge is all lit-up, it's truly stunning. It looks ok during the day, but it really transforms itself at night. Advice: As a woman visiting Boston alone, I did not feel safe in that area at night. The Bruins had just won a game and a lot of people were drunk... More

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

The structure is ungodly ugly and far too modernistic for an old city like Boston. I wish the architect had tried to blend with the city rather than building a monument to himself.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

The bridge looks beautiful but it is an arm of the BIG DIG and because of that I avoid it at any cost. I seriously question it's safety. I can see it from my house and I admire it daily, especially at night when it is lit up.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

The bridge is pretty amazing to drive across but it also features a pretty amazing new park underneath that connects Boston with Cambridge. The Boston Harbour?Charles River locks are at the foot of the bridge and these are in constant operation. The park that leads to Cambridge and near the Science Museum is brand new and has a variety of... More

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Dover, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

It is gorgeous and when I see it I think of 21st century Boston and am very proud. I also like that it was named for an exceptional man.

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